Last week in class 4, the Westmorland Fire Brigade came to teach us: how to put an unconscious person in the recovery position; how to properly perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR); and how to use a defibrillator. We also practised calling 999 with a real emergency operator!
Everyone in Class 4 had a go at using the CPR dummies and it looked like everyone had an educational hour. We had had fun too – our instructors were full of jokes and surprises. We never knew what to expect from the emergency situations.
Do you know what to do in an emergency? If you ever find yourself in this terrible situation, the information below might just save a life.
- Check the situation is safe for you to act.
- Check for a response from the patient.
- If there is no response, call 999 and ask for an ambulance.
- Check if the patient is breathing. Try and feel their breath with your cheek and watch to see if their chest is rising and falling.
- If the patient is breathing, put them into the recovery position.
- If the patient is not breathing, start CPR. Do 30 pumps in the center of the chest, followed by two rescue breaths. Repeat until help arrives.